Love is in the stories


Penguin Random House hosted Love is in the Stories event at Anti-Social, Social in Hauz Khas Village on 14th February with the much coveted authors of the day – Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Bhaavna Arora, and Sudeep Nagarkar.
Prior to the arrival of the guests, the audience took part in various contests and activates, and participated in talks on love and friendship, and shared their many treasured experiences. The evening began with the authors interacting with their fans, Ravinder Singh taking the lead by dancing to a Punjabi song.
Ravinder Singh talked about the eternal qualities of love, on how love endures hardships to triumph at the end. He went on to explain love based on the characters of his novel. He said that love is not limited to us humans alone; love transcends all know forms and extends to even the inanimate objects.
Durjoy Datta talked about his own experiences on love, the many strategies he employed to be closer to his loved one much to the delight of his many fans in the audience. He said that the minute is got to know girls, he learned to listen. He also went on to explain the phase of his life when he was depressed of loneliness. He confesses to not know how to court women, though the gathered had a different opinion.
Bhaavna Arora talked about the rather mischievous nature of love. When you are single, she said, variety is the spice of life. But when you are married, imagination is. Make out on the terrace, in the elevator; Waste not a naughty thought but cherish love, she said, as it is the most natural attribute that one is born with.
Sudeep Nagarkar when asked whether love is an extension of friendship insisted that every relationship begin in friendship. Trust is critical for the love to sustain, he said. He pointed out that life, as you know it, is very unlike a Yash Chopra movie. You learn just the same from breakups as you do from falling in love, that you cannot have a definition for love or friendship. It is what it is and happens when it does.
The authors then answered questions from the audience and shared their experiences before announcing the winner of Valentine’s Couple contest. Love certainly was in the air at Love is in the Stories.

Jaipur Book Mark 2016

Jaipur BookMark, now an established international publishing event in its third year, will once again take place in the Pink City this January, in association with the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2016.

To be held on the 21st and 22nd January 2016 at Biblio Square, Jaipur BookMark (JBM), powered by DailyHunt, is a dynamic forum for the global publishing industry, with seminars, talks and discussions focused on the emerging South Asian books and allied services markets.

The event also creates a unique platform for publishing professionals from across the world to come together and connect with their South Asian counterparts over issues facing the industry as a whole.

Jaipur BookMark 2016 is delighted to welcome DailyHunt as an associate sponsor. Over 90 million people in India access eBooks and news in 15 languages through DailyHunt every day. A champion of content in the Indian languages, it is an important player in broadening the diversity of consumption of digital material.

We are also thrilled that the Oxford Book Cover Prize will be announced at JBM 2016. This award for brilliance in book design recognises the extraordinary work of illustrators, designers and publishers throughout India in making a book stand out from the many others in book stores and online. The prize will be announced on 22 January.

The 2016 Jaipur BookMark edition will have presentations and workshops running throughout the two days. The workshops will offer those in the industry insights and practical advice around signing contracts and book deals, copyright laws, and translation support with industry experts.

Translation is the main focus of JBM in 2016. For the first time, Jaipur BookMark is bringing out a Translation Rights Catalogue featuring 8 – 10 titles from across Indian languages for which rights will be made available at the event allowing publishers to pick up new authors and support translation.

Highlights of JBM 2016

– Opening keynote by John Makinson, Chairman of Penguin Random House.

– Translation: Focusing on South Asia, its expanding print and digital publishing industry across languages and cultures. How do we ensure South Asia’s translated stories make it to readers around the world?

– Technology: With Apps, e-wallets and 4G, how do we optimize technology and opportunity in publishing?

Forefronting Books: In a crowded market place how do you create and sustain an effective platforms for books? The specialized activity of forefronting books is explored in traditional and new marketplaces.

– New Frontiers of Narrative: Data, statistics and intuitive innovations inform debate. How do we monetize new media markets? A diverse panel shares insights into new and emergent trends in publishing, hybrid media and the new frontiers of narrative.

– Ravinder Singh, India’s best-known romance writer, shares his unique and refreshing publishing success story. He discusses a platform set up by him for aspiring authors, which offers mentorship, guidance and the opportunity to publish their work under the Black Ink imprint.

Namita Gokhale, author and co-Director of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival said, “This year’s edition of Bookmark brings together many exciting and pertinent aspects of the trade, including a special emphasis on translations. The publishing industry is indeed the heart and core of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. It is gratifying to see a significant space emerging for the exchange of opportunities in the dynamic and emergent world of print and electronic culture.”

Sanjoy K. Roy, Director of Teamwork Arts, Producers of the Jaipur BookMark said, “Jaipur BookMark is a unique opportunity bringing together publishers, agents, festival directors and authors at the back of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival. It is also being developed as a platform for acquiring translation rights across languages and platforming the best Non Fiction and Fiction across Indian languages

Virendra Gupta, CEO and Founder DailyHunt said, “We at Dailyhunt are excited to be part of 3rd edition of Jaipur Bookmark and we appreciate the effort of bringing Indian and global publishers together on a common platform. We look forward to forging new alliances & partnerships with publishers and opening India’s largest marketplace for e-books to them”

Neeta Gupta, publisher and co-organiser of Jaipur BookMark said, “Jaipur Bookmark, held in association with the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, provides a dynamic platform for a meaningful dialogue between traditional publishing and latest technology. DailyHunt is a natural partner. JBM is also a perfect networking opportunity for International Publishers and their South Asian counterparts.”

Registration for the Jaipur BookMark is now open and is Rs 3,500/- per day or Rs 6,000/- for two days per person (which includes delegate status for the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival specific to the date).

Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 – The Show Begins!

JLF 2015

The stalwarts of Indian English poetry are here to deliver the keynote address. The names include Ashok Vajpeyi, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra.  Leading brands, arts organisations and educational institutions have once again supported the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival as sponsors for the 2015 edition, enabling the world-leading literary festival to remain free and open to all. Among the new partners, who have venturd in are, which is here as the Festival’s Official Book Partner. The second new entrant is Rajnigandha that will support the Front Lawns as venue sponsorer.

ZEE is not the only returning partner for 2015, all four of the Festival’s venue sponsors from 2014 and before have again committed to supporting the annual event, pointing to the valuable brand association and visibility provided by partnering with the Festival. Google will be venue sponsor for the Mughal Tent for the fourth year in a row, British Airways, Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Centre and Ford will all return for the second year as venue partners for the Baithak, Durbar Hall and Samvad respectively.

The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival beings with a bang today, that is, 21 January and will continue till 25 January at Hotel Diggi Palace in Jaipur. Confirmed speakers include Nobel laureate V.S.Naipaul, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri and Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton. The Festival is completely free and open to all.

Now that the festival has entered its eighth edition this time, the Royal Diggi Palace continues to be prestigious venue. Did you ever spare a thought as to wherein lies the charm with this palatial host?  The Royal Indian Palace has been hosting JLF since its inception in 2006, and every year greets visitors with its lush green front lawns, steaming morning chai and the pleasant, fresh morning breeze. With deep cultural roots and a history so royal and full of grandeur – the Diggi Palace, makes it the perfect destination to host the most recognized literary minds from across the world.

One of the most anticipated events has charm enough and offers food for thought for all…




Samanvay: Indian Languages Festival 2014

samanvay 2014This time the special emotional touch is that it is a tribute to UR Ananthamurthy, Bipan Chandra, Rajendra Yadav, Nabarun Bhattacharya and Khushwant Singh. Yes, I am talking about ‘Samanvay – IHC Indian Languages’ Festival’. The theme for the festival to be held this year from 6-9 November (2014) is ‘Translations-Transnations’. The festival is expected to cover 20 languages and dialects with more than 90 speakers participating in the 21 sessions. In addition to it there would be 4 evening performances as well.

For the first time, the festival will also host writers from SAARC  countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh etc. From Bangladesh – Fakrul Alam, Syed Shamshul Haque; From Nepal – Benju Sharma; From Sri Lanka – Deepachelvan will be participating.

With this year’s theme being “Translations Transnations” the festival will focus on Indian languages, which have a transnational presence like Bangla, Bhojpuri, Chhattisgarhi, English, Hindi, Konkani, Malayalam, Punjabi and Sanskrit.

The musical performance every evening has an eclectic mix of artist from across the country such as Sufi Singer Mir Mukhtiyar Ali, Naga Folk Music by Testeo Sisters, Abolo Naga, Manyang Kichu and Sepongla Sangtam, Swanand Kirkire and Vidya Shah





Ishmeet Singh Music Institute

Report by Amritbir Kaur

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Ishmeet Singh Music Institute has been functioning in Ludhiana since it was inaugurated on 13 November, 2011. The institute was established by Punjab Government as a tribute to the memory of Ishmeet Singh, a promising singer of Star Voice of India fame, who had an untimely exit from this world at a tender age of 19. The institute has been working towards the aim of promoting the musical culture of the country under the able guidance of the Director, Dr. Charan Kamal Singh. The institute has many great talents from the field of music as the nominated members in the Governing Body: Bhai Baldeep Singh, Chairman, Anad Foundation, New Delhi; Pr Sukhwant Singh, Jawaddi Taksal; Prof Kartar Singh, Ludhiana; Prof Paramjot Singh, Swar Smund, Mullanpur. Ishmeet Singh Music Institute has the privilege of enjoying the able guidance and mentorship of Dr. Ranjodh Singh, who has been one of the convenors of the institute.

The institute added another feather to its cap by celebrating ‘ An evening with Raag Yaman’ – a classical recital live show by renowned vocalist Smt. Anjana Nath from Kolkata. Anjana Nath, a disciple of Pt. Ajay Chakraborty, was elated to be a part of the programme. Ustaad R.L. Deepak, a renowned exponene of Patiala Gharana and a disciple of Bare Ghulam Ali Khan Sahib, was present to grace the occasion as the guest of honour. Here are a few glimpses of the event:

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